"Mujuru will never work in Zimbabwe again"

By Drum Digital
16 December 2014

Zimbabwe's just-sacked vice president Joice Mujuru will not be allowed to find any other job.

Zimbabwe's just-sacked vice president Joice Mujuru will not be allowed to find any other job, state media reported Tuesday.

Nor does President Robert Mugabe's government intend allowing her to resume the parliamentary seat she won in the 2013 elections.

Last week, Mugabe sacked Mujuru, 59, from the post she held for 10 years following allegations that she plotted to oust him.

He replaced her with her longtime rival Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is now in pole position to succeed the 90-year-old president.

Zimbabweans began to joke on Twitter that Mujuru would be looking for "just one of the two million jobs" the ruling Zanu-PF party vowed to create in the run-up to the 2013 vote, which Mugabe won.

The official Chronicle newspaper reported that "it never rains but pours" for Mujuru. According to the newspaper, under Zimbabwe's constitution, former army commander Solomon Mujuru's widow lost her parliamentary seat when she was appointed to the vice presidency 15 months ago.

The state-run Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was at fault for not previously organising a by-election in Mujuru's Mount Darwin constituency, the newspaper reported.

According to Zimbabwe's constitution a former vice president "may not be employed by anyone else... while receiving a pension from the state as former... vice president".

Her pension is likely to be modest. Mujuru's salary when she was vice president is not known, but Mugabe revealed earlier this year that he earned US4000 (about R46,000) per month, before tax.

State-controlled newspapers, including the Chronicle, were vociferously anti-Mujuru in the weeks ahead of her sacking.


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